10+ Picks For Great Theater To Catch In Philadelphia This Holiday Season

Santa brings a host of theatrical treats this December...

Santa Claus isn’t the only jolly producer delivering delights in Philly this holiday season. Philadelphia stages are bursting with theatrical treats including world premieres, daring showcases of new work, a Broadway tour and festive stagings of holiday classics.

Truly, this season brings terrific theater to hand — and experiential gifts of theater-going make for excellent presents, too.

These are few shows we’ll be hailing a sleigh to see this December.

My Fair Lady

Quintessence Theatre gives Eliza Doolittle a memorable transformation in an energetic version of the classic Shavian musical.

My Fair Lady

When:Through Sunday, December 17
Where:The Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue
Cost:$18-$25

www.quintessencetheatre.org

Annie

Photo by Mark Garvin

The Tony Award-winning musical about a brave little girl and the millionaire who’d become her dad is just the heart-warmer for the season for those who believe love is the best gift of all. The Walnut Street Theatre tells the set-in-1930s tale and ends on a high note with A New Deal for Christmas.

Annie

When:Through Sunday, January 7
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$20-$97

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

The Beauty and The Beast

Media's historic playhouse hosts a lavish staging of the Broadway adaptation of this much-loved Disney musical.

The Beauty and The Beast

When:Through Sunday, January 14
Where:Media Theater For The Performing Arts, 104 East State Street, Media
Cost:$30-$58

www.mediatheatre.org

Peter Pan

Photo courtesy Arden Theatre

Arden Theatre pays a visit to Neverland with a inventive contemporary staging of the ageless childrens story.

Peter Pan

When:Through Sunday, January 28
Where:Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$18-$50

www.ardentheatre.org

This Is The Week That Is

Philadelphia’s all-comedy theater troupe, 1812 Productions, returns with its annual send-up of current affairs.

This Is The Week That Is

When:Through Sunday, December 31
Where:Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place
Cost:$28-$45

www.1812productions.org

A Christmas Carol

The cast of A Christmas Carol at Walnut Street Theatre in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy the Walnut Street Theatre

Walnut Street Theatre condemns those “Bah Humbugs” to Christmases past with a musical adaptation of the holiday classic perfect for families — one and all.

A Christmas Carol

When:Through Saturday, December 23
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost:$15-$18

www.walnutstreettheatre.org

The Art of Swimming

Tickets to this joyful one-woman show about a wave-making athlete include a play, a slice of pie and a pint of beer.

The Art of Swimming

When:December 6-17
Where:Upstairs at Headhouse Cafe, 122 Lombard Street
Cost:$20

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Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Playhouse Christmas Show

Bucks County Playhouse resets Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol in modern-day New Hope.

Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Playhouse Christmas Show

When:December 8-31
Where:Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main Street, New Hope
Cost:$40-$85

www.bcptheater.org

The Color Purple

Photo by Matthew Murphy

The 2016 Tony Award-winner based on the moving novel by Alice Walker brings its musical energy to Philadelphia on a national tour.

The Color Purple

When:December 12-17
Where:Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut Street
Cost:$62-$122

www.kimmelcenter.org

A Billion Nights on Earth

Inventive theater creator Thaddeus Phillips revisits the childlike wonder of this father-son tale, a 2017 Fringe favorite.

A Billion Nights on Earth

When:December 15-17
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$10-$25

www.fringearts.com

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